Update 2: As of Monday afternoon, Andy Dalton is still undergoing tests on his injured thumb, according to Marvin Lewis. It’s hard to imagine it’s ‘just’ a sprain if Dalton is still getting tests done over 24 hours after the injury happened.
Update: Early in the fourth quarter, the Bengals announced that starting quarterback Andy Dalton was out for the remainder of the game due to a right thumb injury.
After the game, head coach Marvin Lewis said the team doesn’t believe the injury is serious, but more testing is needed to determine how severe it is. According to Ian Rapoport, there is no break in his hand.
#Bengals QB Andy Dalton will undergo more tests on his thumb, but source says X-Rays were negative. No break. At the least, a good sign initially.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2018
Dalton is expected to see a hand specialist on Monday, per Geoff Hobson.
Dalton to visit hand specialist Monday. Until then , nothing seems definitive— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) November 25, 2018
However, Pro Football Talk is now reporting it’s ‘just’ a thumb sprain:
Thumb sprain for Bengals QB Andy Dalton per team source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 26, 2018
The Bengals are holding their breath after watching Andy Dalton go down with an injury against the Browns.
Early in the third quarter, Dalton suffered what appeared to be a hand injury after attempting to recover a high snap from Billy Price, which was ultimately recovered by the Browns. Dalton was examined on the sideline, and nearly immediately went with trainers to the locker room for further testing.
The team has since announced it’s a right thumb injury and he’s questionable to return. With Dalton out, backup Jeff Driskel is now the quarterback for likely the remainder of this game.
With the game already well out of hand, don’t expect Dalton to return, even if he is healthy enough. The Browns scored off the turnover and the score is now 35-7 with 12:56 remaining in the third quarter.
Dalton previously suffered a fractured right thumb late in during 2015 season, which ultimately ended his season, though it never required surgery. The Bengals were 10-2 at the time of the injury and went on to finish 12-4 before going on to do something we won’t mention further.
Very hard to grip and spin football with a throwing hand thumb injury. Unlikely to return, especially with the score. Injury video limited but appears to have hand/thumb landed on by defenders knee on the fumble recovery. https://t.co/V0nPT35r4W— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 25, 2018
This is kinda bizarre. Dalton hurts his thumb defending a turnover right about at the 10 yard line against the Steelers in 2015 (he's the blur trying to take out Stephon Tuitt) and today, defending a turnover, hurting his thumb in almost the exact same spot. pic.twitter.com/szGIk2cIrv— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) November 25, 2018
We will have more on this story if any more details come out...